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    30 Tips That'll Help You Prevent The Mess In The First Place

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    1. Catch crumbs before they permanently attach themselves to your oven by plopping an oven liner underneath the racks. Raise your hand if you hate cleaning your oven. Great. Now take that same hand and click the "add to cart" button.


    Promising review: "I got tired of cleaning the bottom of my oven out after every drip and spill, or running the 'oven clean' option, which uses up so much energy and makes my house HOT during the process. I used to have foil on the bottom of the oven to help with spills, and that improved things greatly — but then you have to replace the foil after a while. I had to cut them to size, which was easy to do with a simple pair of household scissors. Then I placed them in the oven (they look nice!), and I waited for it to get messy. I cooked something super messy and finally needed to clean the liner. It was SO easy; I put it in the sink and used my sink sprayer and everything immediately slid right off the liner. No problem! I have a double oven, so I was glad this pack came with more than one. I have one in each oven and one on standby in case I need it. I know that having a dirty oven isn't the worst thing in the world, but if it matters to you, try these!" —Hpg

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $12.99.

    2. Say bye bye to soap scum and shower grime buildup for weeks with a bleach-free, no-scrub weekly shower spray. You don't even have to wipe it clean! Just rinse it the next day, and you'll be amazed to see those hard water stains on your shower door are *poof* gone.

    Before: a dirty shower floor; after: the clean shower floor

    Promising review: "Does a FANTASTIC job if used regularly. I love this product. I hate cleaning tubs. This product has made our tubs look new. I don't use it every shower...maybe every third. Just spray down everything after the shower, and forget about it. You DO need to rinse tub before next shower due to product making it slick. The fumes of other cleaners always messed with my asthma. I have noticed that for some reason with this one, I sneeze twice, because I have to spray shower doors while Im still in the shower...but it never affects my lungs. I would recommend this to EVERYONE!" —Angela GIllaird

    Get it from Amazon for $16.94.

    3. Keep the litter where it belongs — in the dang box and NOT all over your floors and carpet — using a top entry litter box. It has a grooved lid to catch any litter that's attached itself to your cat's paws, plus it comes with a scoop!,

    Promising review: "I LOVE this litter box. It comes with an adorable scooper and place to hang it, and the subtle color helps it blend in the the room without really screaming 'there’s poop in here.' It’s not only discreet, but it keeps my cat from making a mess as she leaves. I got one of the dome types last because after she finishes she feels the random urge to bolt from the litter like a ghost is after her. (Cats, amiright?!) but not with this. She has to take her time and jump out. And what little litter she does track out is caught on the top piece that is so easy to remove and clean. And the price point is perfect too!" —Shelly B.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.30+ (available in three colors).

    4. Snip, snip, snip your parsley and save ~thyme~ with a pair of five-blade herb scissors. No more dirty cutting boards, messily chopped herbs, and hands that now reek.

    Scissors cutting herbs into a bowl

    It also comes with a pair of kitchen shears.

    Promising review: "An avid cook and I cannot believe I’ve never used these. Great size and comes with accessory that makes cleaning a breeze and I do dread cleanup. Cuts prep time way down. I’ll be gifting these to my friends who also spend a lot of time in the kitchen." —kimberli calma

    Get the set from BuzzFeed's Goodful collection on Amazon for $14.99.

    5. Punch a Scrubbing Bubbles toilet cleaning stamp to the inside of your porcelain throne to clean and deodorize it with every flush. Now you don't have to pick up a dirty toilet brush *shudders* or spend 30 minutes scrubbing away hard water stains because you only clean your toilet when...well...when it's bad enough that you can no longer avoid it.

    Scrubbing Bubbles /, Scrubbing Bubbles

    Promising review: "This product is great for keeping your toilet clean. The dispenser is simple to use. It has a light, clean scent, not very strong. I always make sure to keep these in hand." —J Smith

    Get six stamps from Amazon for $3.43.

    6. Or drop in a fizzing toilet tablet that'll sanitize your bowl, keep it smelling fresh, and provide a little entertainment while you're cleaning the bathroom.

    White bath bombs
    Juniperseed Mercantile / Etsy

    Juniperseed Mercantile is a Colorado-based small biz run by science teacher Tiffany Norton. It specializes in all-natural cleaning, skincare, bath, and body products.

    Promising review: "Like a bath bomb for your toilet! Works great, smells great, toilets were just as clean but with none of the chemicals! Fast shipping too! Thank you!” —Erin Horender

    Get eight from Juniperseed Mercantile on Etsy for $10.

    7. Suck up dirt, dust, allergens, and more with a powerful air purifier before they coat your apartment *and* your sinuses.

    The square black air purifier

    One of these Coway air purifiers made its way into my cart for Black Friday and I couldn't be happier with it. Before this purchase I usually awoke with a stuffy nose and puffy eyes, and I would sneeze three, four, five, or more times. IDK if it's the placebo effect, but since I've started using this air purifier, I wake up breathing easier and I don't have sneezing fits anymore. (I'm actually a little scared to see how much has accumulated in the filter.) My favorite feature is the pollution sensor, which indicates the quality of your air with an LED light. When the light switches from purple (polluted) to blue (clean), it really makes me feel like the air purifier is doing something.

    Get it from Amazon for $249.99 (also available in white).

    8. Entice your kitty with a pack of matatabi chew sticks so they'll take out their destructive energy on them instead of on your couch legs and phone chargers. Plus, the stick format helps keep their teeth clean. Matatabi is a plant native to Japan and a catnip alternative (great for kitties who show no interest in catnip!)

    cat chewing on the stick

    Meowy Janes is a wonderfully named small business based in New Egypt, New Jersey. It specializes in catnip and catnip alternatives.

    Promising review: "I have two young Siamese mix cats that chew wires, shoes, wooden spoons. These chew sticks are perfect for them. They sniff the sticks, rub on them, and then start chewing. My two cats who are older than 10 just rub on them but don't enjoy chewing them. If you have a very active cat who does destructive chewing, these are a great substitute." —JEM4612

    Get them from Amazon for $9.97.

    9. Prevent last night's spaghetti leftovers from turning your microwave into a Jackson Pollock painting with a collapsible splatter guard. This lil' guy is dishwasher-safe so you can easily store it (or keep it in the microwave) when you're not using it.

    The plastic splatter guard with a red rim on top of a plate of leftovers in a microwave

    Promising review: "This item replaced a solid plastic noncollapsible microwave food cover, that melted when a popcorn bag was placed on top. But I digress. This thing is easy to clean, (the collapsible part is silicone, so spattered food washes off easily), and is very well made. It's tall enough to cover most plates of food, and shallow bowls. It folds pretty flat, so it can be easily stored somewhere other than in your microwave, but we just leave ours in the microwave all the time, until we need to microwave something other than a plate of food." —JRB

    Get it from Amazon for $6.70+ (available in three colors).

    10. Use a TubShroom to snag the hair you shed before it clogs your drain and collects in the pipes. Have your relaxing showers turned into you just standing in a puddle of water five minutes after you turn on the water? Yeah, you need this.

    Promising review: "I have long hair and recently had a baby. This means the poor tub drain is getting clogged every time we turn around, and we're spending ridiculous amounts of time with that spiky stick thing you shove down there and then pull out over and over. I figured if this even worked to catch half of my hair then it would be worth its salt. Holy moly. When they say it catches every hair they aren't kidding. We clean it off about twice A WEEK! And when they say it's easy to clean, they are right again. A swipe with toilet paper and the hair blob comes right off to be flushed down the toilet. I've already told so many people about this product because I love it so much. Fantastic!!!" —sasamo

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in five colors and as a two-pack).

    11. Don't destroy your very neat room (or make your already kinda messy room even messier!) looking for a lost phone, wallet, or keys. Attach a pocket-sized Tile Mate to your valuables so you can "ring" the tracker and locate whatever is missing. You can even find a lost phone by holding down the Tile button until your phone rings, even if it's on silent. ADD AMAZON LINKS

    The square white tracker on a keyring

    Promising review: "I lost my one set of car keys last year and paid a grand total of $500 to replace (locksmith, towing, electronic fob and programming). This is an inexpensive way to avoid that mess! The extra super bonus is the Tile will find my phone, and of course the phone finds the keys. Please don't make my expensive mistake — this is an easy fix!" —pinkpeony

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $49.98.

    12. Treat yourself to a portable dishwasher if you despise washing dishes by hand so much that you often just let them pile up in the sink. This handy dandy countertop dishwasher will clean your plates, cups, and utensils so you never have to pick up another sponge.

    Promising review: "Works better than I thought. Our kitchen cabinets are too low for a countertop dishwasher and the house is too old to try and install a huge dishwasher. We mostly hate washing silverware and cups. This dishwasher is perfect. It is a little small but great on space and I feel it fully sanitized everything. Much better than our sponge and slimy sink washing. *bleh* I am on the third load and so far it's done great. It's just three of us in the house so we really don't need a huge dishwasher. We are also moving soon and it's nice to know I can pack this up and take it with me!" —Kiera Kittie

    Get it from Amazon for $339.99.

    13. Squeeze your nail polish into a nail polish holder so the formula stays inside the bottle instead of spilling all over the carpet. It attaches to your fingers like a ring, meaning you don't need a flat surface on which to set it, and can paint your nails in the car, in bed, on the couch, or even in a bathtub.

    The blue ring on two fingers holding a bottle of lilac polish

    Promising review: "Arrived on time, great packaging, and good quality. I love to do my nails and always struggle when I’m not doing them on a table, so this allows me to do them anywhere without spilling the nail polish. Overall, very satisfied with my purchase!" —Kimy

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in 18 colors).

    14. Don a pair of sweeper slippers and clean the floors as you walk around your apartment. They pick up dirt, dust, pet hair, your hair, and more with each step. And! These even fit over a Swiffer so it's like two products in one.,

    Promising review: "I absolutely love these! I kind of bought them as a joke. I hate wearing socks, shoes, or slippers, but I also HATE dirty feet. These were the answer I was looking for! They are lightweight on my feet...hardly notice I'm wearing them, and by golly they pick up the dust and dirt that our dog leaves behind! They also wash very nicely. We always wish in Tide and these looked brand new after being washed. I'm very pleased with my purchase!" —Tim S.

    Get five pairs from Amazon for $10.99.

    15. Holding your utensils aloft and over the pot with a pot clip so when they drip, it's not going to be all over your freshly washed counters.

    The clip holding a wooden spoon over a pot

    Promising review: "This is a hit at our household. My husband and I both like to use it and we love it! It is so convenient to use when cooking most anything. It holds utensils so well and they are easily unhooked for stirring soups or anything you are making. All utensils balance easily in the clip. No more dirtying spoon holders as the drip stays over the pots. It is a kitchen necessity, and oh, so convenient!" —Lakegirl

    Get it from Amazon for $8.82.

    16. Keep the mess under control — and without you ever lifting a finger — by giving over all the cleaning to a robot vacuum. OK, I lied. You will have to press some buttons on the remote control but you'll no longer have to spend a good portion of your weekend manually vacuuming up mountains of dirt, dust, and pet fur.

    Infographic of the vacuum and its features including BoostIQ Technology, a 3-point cleaning system, and 1300 Pa suction

    Promising review: I am a NEAT FREAK! I love to clean. I literally clean my house daily. It can’t be clean enough. I have a two-story, three-bedroom three-bathroom house with two dogs. This vacuum cleans all of it! This gadget is legit like a little human vacuuming your floors, but super throughly. It goes over all my rugs and hardwood floors, and it goes in the bathrooms and closets and under all the furniture. Once in awhile it gets caught in the wires underneath my TV but most of the time it is able to get itself out of it. It’s quiet. My dogs barely even notice it. This is worth every penny! It’s easy to set up, and easy to clean after each use. It does all the hard work for you. Since I’ve had mine, I’ve literally gotten five friends to buy one and they all love it too." —Shannon

    Get it from Amazon for $149.99 (also available in white).

    17. Conquer the very time-consuming task of wiping down all the appliances in your kitchen with a plant-based stainless-steel cleaner and polish that'll keep your surfaces smudge-free for longer, meaning less cleaning for you!

    person cleaning a stainless steel fridge

    Promising review: "After reading the newspaper, I desperately need just one dang thing I can fix in this world! But seriously, it's the best stainless cleaner I've ever used. It's quick, smells great, and the finish is perfect. It resists finger prints (and paw prints) for days. It was also a great idea they had to include the microfiber cleaning cloth, as it does an excellent job as well. I probably wouldn't have thought of that. I plan to give these as gifts. Pretty funny!" —Designer Mom

    Get a bottle from Amazon for $16.95.

    18. Cover your stovetop with a set of reusable burner covers because you can just wipe them clean when grease splatters or your pot boils over. They're nonstick, heat-resistant, and dishwasher-safe.

    reviewer's stove with the covers around the burners

    Promising review: "I used to clean the stove each time after I cooked. It's hard to clean and makes me tired — until I found this product. It makes my life much easier. The quality is really good and its very easy to use. You can cut to different size, and it's easy to wash. I really recommend this product." —nicole

    Get an eight-pack from Amazon for $10.99.

    19. Whip up dinner fast and without dirtying every pot and pan in your new 11-in-1 Instant Pot Duo Crisp. In addition to being a pressure cooker and an air fryer, the IP Duo Crisp can also sauté, steam, sous vide, bake, broil, dehydrate, and more.

    The Instant Pot Duo Crisp

    Promising review: "We have been eating out almost every night for the last few years since there are only two of us most of the time and it seemed like the prep and cleanup was not worth the effort. We have been eating in almost every night since we bought this. You can cook most meals in just one pot and it is super fast. We made a chicken pot pie that was awesome. Sautéed the chicken in the pot, added other ingredients and then pressure cooked for 10 minutes, then added crust and cooked with the air fryer. It was flaky and delicious! Can't wait to try more recipes. We are more likely to cook healthier meals at home since the cook time is less and the cleanup is so simple." —Geri C

    Get it from Amazon for $159.95.

    20. Or opt for a programmable slow cooker and slow cooker liners if you have a lot of hungry people to feed. With the disposable liners, you can cook different recipes at the same time, reducing your overall cook time *and* saving you from having to wash a huge stack of dishes.


    Check out my coworker's Reynolds Kitchens Slow Cooker Liners review.

    Get them both from Amazon: the Crock-Pot for $61.99 and a six-pack of the liners for $2.98

    21. Stop Mittens from spilling her water all over the floor with an automatic water fountain. Cats generally don't like deep, narrow bowls, so they may try to tip over their water dish to drink comfortably. The open design of this fountain will encourage your picky cats to stay hydrated.,

    It also comes with three replacement filters and a mat.

    Promising review: "My cat likes to drink out of the toilet. I bought her a $60 stainless-steel teardrop fountain which she never used (not to mention how loud it is). I tried closing the toilet to force her to drink out of it, but then she resorted to meowing next to the sink. So I asked my sister, who is a vet, what I should do. She suggested a flower fountain since cats are more inclined to drink out of them. This thing is amazing. It is DEAD silent with the flower cap on, and without it it has a nice waterfall sound. My cat, even with the toilet bowl open, consistently chooses to drink from this. It’s been a lifesaver. I honestly do not have a single bad thing to say about this." —Minno Durkin

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99 (available in two colors).

    22. Don't give yourself the opportunity to be messy — get a space-saving hanger organizer to hold your clothes hangers so they don't end up in a tangled, jumbled pile.

    Promising review: "We just moved from a two-bed to a one-bed and are trying to squeeze everything in. Anxiety is at a full-time high with all the clutter but this product helped us organize our closet while freeing up hanging space! No more random hangers here, there, and everywhere, tangled up and cluttering a room. It was SO simple to assemble. Took me maybe five minutes (tops)." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.66+ (also available in multipacks).

    23. Satisfy your fur baby's endless desire for some rubbies *and* grab loose fur before it ends up all over your floors with a hair-removing glove. It's also great if your dog or cat goes running at the sight of a brush.

    The grooming glove with silicone nodules, full of hair held in front of a French bulldog
    AnaMaria Glavan / BuzzFeed

    My colleague AnaMaria Glavan swears by this thing. In her own words:

    "The glove is super comfortable and using it couldn’t be more foolproof: just put it on and run your hands through your pet’s fur. That’s it! The silicone grooves pick up so much fur with ease. Like, my dog looks close to hairless. HOW is he shedding so much!?!? After a few runs, I found that I would have to remove fur from the glove before continuing (you can pick up the fur with your other hand or run the glove under some water — either works) but it’s no biggie. The silicone actually makes it really easy to keep this clean. We got Rockie when he was 5 and he’d been riddled with skin issues and allergies, so I was pretty nervous to use anything that could potentially aggravate his conditions. However! Not only does this *not* bother his skin, but he…loves this. A lot. He starts snoring after exactly two run-throughs on his back. Also, his coat looks SO shiny after each use! TL;DR: this is one of those inexpensive add-ons that any pet owner should have on hand."

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    24. Go vertical with a space-saving and stackable no-spill ice cube tray. This way you can take advantage of every inch of space while ensuring your water freezes in the shape of a cube rather than in a sheet on the bottom of your freezer., Amazon

    Promising review: "These are fantastic trays. In fact, we now have eight of them. I love that I can place them in the freezer without having to worry about clearing an area just for these. I can put things on top of them or them on top of things. Not to mention I don't spill in between the sink and the freezer!" —Christina

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $37.99.

    25. Protect your favorite white T-shirt from your clumsy self with a bottle of water-repelling Scotchgard.

    The product on a shirt showing it's repelling water

    Promising review: "I got this for my pillows. Having a 4- and 7-year-old who are constantly making messes in the living room, I was a bit fed up with replacing my pillows due to stains. The spraying was easy and quick, then I left them outside to air out. Today I noticed a big splatter of dried up ketchup on the pillow. I took a wet paper towel and rubbed off the stain. It came off completely! Nothing seeped through the fabric. I just wish I used this sooner!" —Lidia

    Get it from Amazon for $9.98 (also available in water and sun shield and rug and carpet).

    26. Contain the mess with an elevated pet food bowl. The tray catches food that escapes Fido's mouth when he buries his face in the bowl, and there are drainage holes to move water into the basin underneath the tray. Plus the top and bowls are removable so cleanup is easy.

    Reviewer photo of the feeder; one bowl filled with water and the other with dry cat food

    Promising review: "My two cats always had a habit of playing with their water bowls and spilling water everywhere. I hated cleaning it up constantly. I was looking for a solution when I came across the Neater Feeder and thought it was a great idea. It is small but it's the perfect size for both my cats. Not only did this product look super nice when I set it up it actually worked!! All of the water got trapped on the bottom and the food was trapped on the top as well. Made clean up so much easier. I am so happy with this product and highly recommend." —Kelli Palen

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in two sizes, four styles, and two colors).

    27. Save your desk from turning into a mess of unorganized papers with a hanging file organizer. This'll help you take advantage of vertical space and create a home for all your clutter.

    The 10-tier hanging organizer in black

    Promising review: "It’s quite sturdy and durable. Looks great! Pockets are deep enough to hold the papers. It doesn’t move when you open and close the door. It saves space and solves the problem of paper clutter. I am happy with this purchase and will purchase more in the future as needed." —adamandeve

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    28. House all the tops to your food storage containers in a handy dandy lid holder caddy. This'll put a stop to lids mysteriously disappearing. Plus now there's no excuse now to *not* keep the lids neat and tidy.

    The plastic organizer, which has three compartments for lids

    Promising review: "This does exactly what it says it does. It holds a variety of lid sizes and fits nicely inside the cabinet. It is so nice to be able to find the exact lid you are looking for without having to rummage around inside the cabinet. I would recommend this product." —shelby2289

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    29. Stash extra linens, pillows, blankets, board games, you name it in a chic tufted ottoman with storage. There's no mess if you can't see it, right? RIGHT?!


    Promising review: "This storage unit is very stylish as well as being a great place to put blankets, sheets, and extra towels in our guest room. It arrived in perfect condition, was simple to assemble, and the teal green color looks great in the great and white room. We certainly recommend this storage unit." —purchasingdiva

    Get it from Amazon for $199.99.

    30. Spritz an odor-eliminating spray that'll deter your pet from peeing in the same spot on your cream carpet. (You couldn't prevent the first mess but you can prevent future messes.) Each spray releases bacteria that feeds on the ammonia left behind after your pet's accidents, eliminating the urine completely.

    The spray bottle

    Rocco & Roxie is a family-owned small business named after the Magleby family's pets Rocco, a labradoodle, and Roxie, a former shelter tabby cat. They make a variety of pet supplies, including cleaners, treats, grooming tools, accessories, and toys.

    Promising review: "I love EVERYTHING about Rocco & Roxie Stain and Odor Eliminator. Like every other reviewer, we've tried every other option we could find to get rid of urine stench and stains. Ours were from an elderly dog who couldn't make it through the night sometimes. Long story short, we have YEARS of urine stains that, after being 'cleaned,' continue to reappear. Now every single recurring stain on our carpet is GONE! Not a single one has returned. I don't have sufficient words for how truly thankful we are for this product. It's like NOTHING else. And the cherry on top is the wonderful scent when you first apply it, and the NO scent once it's done its job. So, from the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU for these amazing products." —Anita McCarty

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    Check out our in-depth Rocco & Roxie Professional Strength Stain & Odor Eliminator review.

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